An (Undisclosed) Police Department 1033 Program and Audit
To date, thousands of Federal, Tribal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) have participated in the 1033 Program. These agencies have met specific criteria and have been approved to be active members. The 1033 Program allows agencies to access obsolete / unneeded excess property turned in by U.S. military units around the world. Property ranges from military-specific equipment and vehicles to generic office furniture, computers, medical items, and shop equipment.
Salamander Solutions Used
In December 2020, an (undisclosed) police department that is a Salamander ASSET MANAGEMENT customer and user was audited for the equipment and materials obtained through the government’s Law Enforcement Support Office 1033 Program. Using Salamander’s ASSET MANAGEMENT functionality and reporting, the department was able to quickly provide accurate asset information.
Prior to the audit, thousands of pieces of equipment and materials were imported into SalamanderLive. Photos of the equipment were also added into the system. From there, Salamander was used to account for the management, issuance, and return of all assets.
When the audit took place, the police department provided numerous reports and equipment documentation that were easily pulled from SalamanderLive. The first report listed all the items obtained through the 1033 program. For each piece of equipment, the police department reported on the equipment Status, ID, Item Name, Other ID, Serial #, Station, Receipt Date, Funding Source, Address, Parent ID, VIN, Organization Name, Cost, and Purchase Date.
Next, the auditor requested documentation, screenshots, and examples of equipment that had the following:
- A parent item to other equipment
- Currently not assigned
- Has been assigned to an officer
Screenshots were provided from SalamanderLive of an item’s equipment profile, which displayed the requested information.
Lastly, the police department provided documentation and an explanation of how the 1033 equipment became labeled as a parent or child, and what that means for the inventory process and tracking of equipment. The police department gave the example of when emergency lights and sirens are permanently fixed to a police vehicle. In this case, a parent-child relationship was established between the emergency lights and the police vehicle to which they are attached. The vehicle would be considered the parent and the lights and sirens would be the children. This process helps track where certain equipment may be located.